The skills centre will be built on a former school playground. There are already two other buildings on the site, which will be extended/refurbished as part of the skills centre construction project:
1. The Bridge Centre, which is an independent building taking primary age children in danger of being excluded out of their mainstream setting for up to six weeks at a time. The Bridge Centre will be extended to ensure independence from the Pupil Support Centre building.
2. The Pupil Support Centre, which takes mainly excluded secondary-aged pupils for up to six weeks at a time. The kitchen in the Pupil Support Centre will be refurbished and converted into a catering and training kitchen, which will provide meals for the whole site.
_ Three temporary classroom units will be demolished as part of this project. The area where two of the temporary classrooms are located will be used to develop a kitchen garden for the Bridge Centre.
Integration of the new skills centre (left) with the existing site
Sustainability in the building process
The construction process will take into account sustainability principles, in terms of the cost and type of materials used to ensure energy efficiency, recycling and re-use, efficient use of water, waste management, landscaping, and wildlife considerations.
The building contractor will be required to:
Select materials with low embodied energy and carbon miles
Use timber products supplied from an accredited sustainable source
Sort and recycle all waste and surplus materials during construction
Sustainability of the building
An all-encompassing sustainable management plan will be written to aid the understanding and management of the sustainable elements of the site.
_ Building envelope
The skills centre building will be highly insulated with mineral wool.
Prefabricated panels being delivered to the site
The boiler in the Bridge Centre will be replaced with a gas-fired condensing boiler
The skills centre and the Pupil Support Centre will be served by a new wood pellet biomass boiler (sited in the Pupil Support Centre)
The existing gas boilers will be retained for use in the event of the biomass boiler breaking down
A solar thermal system will be used for water heating, with solar panels fitted to the two roof planes with a south-west aspect
Boiler house and biomass storage
Windows on the south-east and south-west faces of the skills centre and the Bridge Centre extension will be protected from the sun by fixed, brise-soleil louvers
A partial passive ventilation system will be installed in the skills centre to combat solar and internal heat gains
All white goods and information technology equipment to be purchased will be Grade A for energy efficiency where available
Any old appliances from the Bridge Centre and the Pupil Support Centre that are no longer needed will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner
Energy efficient lighting will be used both internally and externally
Light levels and energy use will comply with BREEAM and Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) best practice guides
All lights will have movement sensors
_ (Note: CIBSE represents building services engineers and their various specialties)
A rainwater recovery system will be installed and used to provide water for the skills centre toilets
Water will be metered so that this can be used as a teaching aid for students
_ Recycling and composting
Recycling and composting will be encouraged through the provision of:
External and internal recycling facilities
Recycling bins for all occupiers in all areas of the building
External and internal composting facilities
_ Recycling will also be encouraged through the development of an environmental site management plan.
_ External areas
A sun-sheltered area will be provided for the skills centre
New garden amenity areas will be provided for users of the skills centre and the Bridge Centre